Fall 2019

Matching and Objectives

Sep. 4Sep. 6, 2019

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Organizers: Leeat Yariv (Princeton University; chair), Nikhil Devanur (Microsoft Research)

Matching theory has been applied widely: it is used as a normative guide in the emerging field of market design, and as a positive tool offering predictions that can be tested in sociological and economic investigations. Over the past two decades, the literature has evolved in several directions. One direction is the study of decentralized markets, ones in which participants interact with little market guidance. Recent research explores the impact of dynamics, the interaction of demographics with matching outcomes, as well as the impact of incomplete information.

Another direction is the design and exploration of centralized matching clearinghouses. Economists and computer scientists have played an important role in the practical organization and design of many centralized markets, including centralized systems for the allocation of organs, procedures for student assignment to schools, and modifications of the protocol matching newly-minted doctors to hospitals.

Finally, the emergence of online matching platforms has opened new spaces for innovation, and new approaches to market design. We now have online matching markets for ride sharing, dating, vacation homes, used goods, real estate, various jobs, and many other applications. Economists and computer scientists have already played an important role in the design of online advertising and auctions. There is now an opportunity to both learn from and influence the design of these new matching platforms.

The analysis of matching markets often utilizes a combination of theory, empirics, and lab experiments. This workshop aims to bring together scholars specializing in these varied methodologies to discuss frontier topics in the study and design of matching markets. The workshop will be multi-disciplinary, engaging leaders from different fields—economics, computer science, and operations research.

All events take place in the Calvin Lab auditorium.

The first day of the workshop (Wednesday, September 4) will have discussion sessions but no formal talks. Further details about this workshop will be posted in due course. Enquiries may be sent to the organizers workshop-market1 [at] lists [dot] simons [dot] berkeley [dot] edu (at this address).

Registration is required to attend this workshop. Space may be limited, and you are advised to register early. The link to the registration form will appear on this page approximately 10 weeks before the workshop. To submit your name for consideration, please register and await confirmation of your acceptance before booking your travel.